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  • Generation Orange Award

    Introduced in fall 2013, the Generation Orange Award recognizes Generation Orange alumni who have made an impact on campus and in their communities through their volunteer work and philanthropy on behalf of Syracuse University. Our 2018 recipients will be honored at the Syracuse University Alumni Awards Celebration on Friday, October 19. Go to the Friday events schedule to learn more.


    Evin Floyd Robinson ’12, G’14 and Jessica Santana ’11, G’13Our 2018 Recipients:
    Evin Floyd Robinson ’12, G’14 and Jessica Santana ’11, G’13 

    Robinson and Santana are the cofounders of New York On Tech (NYOT), a nonprofit organization on a mission to prepare the next generation of technology leaders emerging from New York City. NYOT provides students with access to the development, mentoring, networking, and professional experiences that prepare them for degrees and careers in technology. Their work has been featured in such major media outlets as Forbes, CNN, Wells Fargo, Sirius XM Radio, Huffington Post, TechCrunch, BET, Black Enterprise, AlleyWatch, and The Network Journal.

    Robinson started his career as a technology consultant at Accenture, advising global investment banks and financial institutions on technology transformations. He has been named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 List and is a 2016 Points of Light Civic Accelerator Entrepreneur, Wells Fargo Millennial Activist, 4.0 Schools Launch Entrepreneur, 2014 Kauffman Entrepreneurship Engagement Fellow, TEDx presenter, SXSW EDU featured speaker, and Inaugural Black Enterprise Tech Prep Presenter.

    Robinson is a brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and an alumnus of Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO). Robinson’s commitment to entrepreneurship and philanthropy is evidenced by his world travels and work in countries such as Turkey and China. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the College of Arts and Sciences and a master’s degree in information management from the School of Information Studies (iSchool).

    Prior to NYOT, Santana worked as a technology consultant for such global brands as JPMorgan Chase, Accenture, and Deloitte. Shas been named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list and NYN 40 Under 40 Rising Stars list. She is an Ashoka Emerging Innovator, Pahara Institute Next-Gen Leader, World Economic Forum Global Shaper, Entrepreneur in Residence at General Assembly, Wells Fargo Millennial Activist, Camelback Ventures Social Innovation Fellow, Points of Light Civic Accelerator Entrepreneur, 4.0 Schools Launch Entrepreneur, JPMorganChase Global Enterprise Technology Leader, Morgan Stanley Emerging Leader, and Deloitte Future Leaders Apprentice. In addition, she was named one of 50 Visionary Women Leaders to Watch by Innov8tiv Magazine. Santana was also one of the inaugural technology anchors on Univision.

    Santana has presented and spoken to more than 50 different audiences that include SXSW Edu, TechCrunch, Google for Entrepreneurs, the White House, Thomson Reuters, and Bloomberg. Her commitment to philanthropy and community engagement is evidenced by her world travels and work in parts of Europe, China, and South America with nonprofits, private companies, and social enterprises that better local communities and economies. She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the Whitman School of Management and a master’s degree in information management from the iSchool.